A week before Christmas Debbie Stansfield’s life falls apart. Her son – her funny, cheeky, kind Richard – has been found hanging from a tree at the Seven Sisters. The police think it’s suicide but Debbie won’t – can’t – accept it. Her son would never kill himself. Not her Richard. No way.
Richard’s four friends know something about his death. Detective Inspector Lorraine Hunt can feel it. The teenagers are clearly terrified about something – something that scares them more than the police. But they’re not about to tell…
As the days tick down to Christmas, Lorraine, increasingly overworked and under pressure, can’t ignore her suspicions that there’s more to Richard’s death than meets the eye. And when Richard’s friends start going missing, her worst fears are confirmed. Just who is preying on the young people in Houghton-le-Spring? And will Lorraine be able to stop them, before another vulnerable teenager is found dead?
This is the eighth book i chose to read from my post Third Lot – And It’s A Lot
DI Lorraine Hunt has been left in charge over Christmas while her boss, Clark, is away in Australia. Not only is she investigating a myriad of burglaries, there is also a suicide that she has to contend with of a teenage boy. However is it just a suicide? The more Lorraine investigates, the more suspicious she becomes and soon other incidents start cropping up that might just be related. Soon she realises that if it wasn’t a suicide, there’s a murderer on the loose who needs to be found before there’s another vicitim.
The beginning of this book was quite dark and depressing. However the mood lifted after about the first chapter and even though the content wasn’t rainbows and butterflies, it didn’t make me feel uneasy like the first chapter did.
There are a lot of characters in this book and although Lorraine would probably be considered the “main” character, she is only in maybe a third to half of the books chapters. I really liked Lorraine and most of the other supporting characters.
The book was fairly steady paced, however still a page turner. The ending was quite climatic and i was slightly disappointed that the ending was quite open too.
Overall i enjoyed reading this book. There were quite a few storylines all happening at once and it was interesting to see how they ended up all joining together. There was intrigue and mystery and i would definitely recommend it those who like crime fiction.